by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
ESSEX FELLS, NJ - The family of Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor, of Essex Fells, have announced that both she and her dog Peter-Paul were killed tragically while they were walking along Devon Road in the Fells on the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 21.Peter-Paul
While her family has been deeply saddened by their loss, the surrounding community has also been greatly affected by her passing.
Earlier this week, students at Essex Fells School, West Essex Middle School, and West Essex High School dressed in pink to display their solidarity with Jan's family.
Essex Fells Mayor Ed Abbot also reflected on Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor's life and her relationship to the community.
Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to her husband, Jonathan,
Born in Decatur, Illinois, Jan was raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University, followed by her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University. Jan practiced as a nurse and then, at the age of 28, decided to greatly enhance her medical studies, again at Michigan State. A 2009 Star Ledger article quoted her as stating, "I said to myself: 'All these jerk doctors can do it? I can be a doctor."
After receiving her medical degree, Dr. Huston practiced as a vascular and general surgeon at Millburn Surgical Associates. She ultimately realized her professional calling was to dedicate her life to provide diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast disease.
Jan considered it a privilege to be a doctor,
At the age of 49, Dr. Huston-Pryor founded Summit Breast Care in 1999 specifically to offer affordable medical attention for women suffering with the devastation of breast cancer. Patients, including those who were uninsured, were able to receive attention in several offices across Northern New Jersey.
Jan Huston was my doctor for many years
Beginning in 2007, Dr. Huston-Pryor also served for seven years as Medical Director of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center, located at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark. The state-of-the-art facility had only been opened three years earlier as a designation for expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. There, Huston-Pryor was able to offer her patients rapid turnaround with diagnostic testing and importantly, for those who had their cancerous breast tissue removed, she was able to perform reconstructive oncoplastic surgery using plastic surgery techniques so that the full healing process could begin.
Dr. Jan Huston headed our Connie Dwyer Breast Center from 2007-2014.
Dr. Huston-Pryor then went on to serve as Medical Director, and surgeon, at Mountainside Hospital's Breast Center where she continued her work focusing on prevention, screening, and treatment.
Dr. Huston-Pryor recently became part of a national investigative medical pilot study called Breathlink. Intended as a method of detection supplemental to the mammogram procedure, Breathlink has been called a "billion times more sensitive" than the alcohol breathilizer test by its developer Dr. Michael Phillips, of Newark. Dr. Huston-Pryor utilized the study at both Mountainside's breast center and the Connie Dwyer Breast Center.
With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Mountainside Medical Group Physician, Dr. Jan Huston, Medical Director of our Breast Center.
Over the course of time, Jan and her husband Jonathan had twelve children, including ten adopted from Texas, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, China, and Ethiopia.
Confident in her deep Faith and strong marriage,
Jan was pre-deceased by her parents, John and Alice Huston, and her beloved horse, Rocky
Jan is survived by:
A close family friend, Garrett Jones, has encouraged friends and loved ones to bring LED candles to First Presbyterian Church that Jan's family members can bring back with them to their homes.
"Many of us have LED candles in our homes,
The memorial arrangements for Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor are as follows:
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Codey & Jones Funeral Home of Caldwell. Notes of sympathy may be written to the family online here.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell would be greatly appreciated:
The West Essex High School Varsity Softball Team honored Dr. Huston-Pryor by wearing matching pink wristbands during the scrimmage.
"Dr. Huston was my doctor.
by Edward P. Abbot / Mayor@essexfellsboro.com
I know that the entire Essex Fells community joins me in expressing our tremendous, heart-breaking sadness over the passing of one of our dear friends and residents, Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor, who died so tragically Tuesday morning, March 21.
Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to her husband, Jonathan, their twelve children, and family. Our entire community is in pain and beyond sorrow and despair over Jan’s passing.
To say that Jan / Dr.Pryor / loving wife / adored mother / dear friend touched the lives of literally thousands and thousands of people is an understatement. Through her work, her vision, her and Jonathan’s definition of “family,” and her commitment to making this world a better place by actions, not words, Jan’s legacy will forever be wonderfully remarkable and pristine.
We, in Essex Fells, were privileged to call her one of ours and we shall miss her very much.
We are a small community - the smallest town in Essex County - and we are a tight, caring, loving community, where neighbor knows neighbor, families know families, and where we all look after each other. The Borough of Essex Fells stands arm in arm, in love and support with Jonathan and their remarkable family. As we have done when others in our small town have faced such tragic losses, we will respond to them with a tremendous outpouring of love, compassion, support, and faith. We have seen time and again our little blessed community come together in love and support for families who have tragically lost loved ones; and we have seen the inherent goodness in our little community. As a town, we will mourn and cry with Jan’s family over their loss.
Our Chief of Police, William Theilacker, and I solemnly spoke together on the afternoon of her passing in his office before going to visit with the family. It was a quiet, intimate meeting of just the two of us; one being the leader of our police department and one being the leader of the governing body and the community. It was a meeting that left us both with the feeling that, despite our ability on the one hand to influence and change certain things, in this instance, we were helpless. We were only left with our best efforts to try to assuage the anguish of the Pryor family’s bereavement.
This sense of helplessness hurt.
And it hurt a lot.
It was a meeting that this Mayor will never forget.
If there is one thing that I could tell Jan’s family right now, it would be that, please know that the Borough and its people will be there with you as you cry, you mourn, you remember, you love, and with God’s grace, you heal. And I hope that they know that even in the darkest hour, they will never be alone; for Essex Fells is always with them during this most difficult time and for the time to come, with love and support and faith.
God bless Jan Huston-Pryor, God bless Jonathan and their children and family, and God bless Essex Fells.
Edward P. Abbot
Borough of Essex Fells
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The family of Lawrence Patrick O’Hern, of West Caldwell, has announced that he passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 8. Family and friends are deeply saddened by their loss and the community will mourn his absence.
Born in Morristown in 1934, Mr. O'Hern grew up in East Hanover and then lived in West Caldwell since 1959. He was also a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Caldwell.
He was a patriarch, and he dedicated his life
Lawrence was a heavy equipment operator, and a member of Operating Engineers Local 825. He began his employment with Earl Williams and Jensen & Koenner, and finished his career with Anthony Ferraiuolo & Sons of Whippany, retiring in 1999.
Lawrence O’Hern's Family
Lawrence was predeceased by by his parents, John O’Hern and Anna Martin O’Hern, as well as by his siblings: Frieda, John, Tommy, Anna, Raymond and Bill; and his son-in-law, Joe Pirrello.
Lawrence is survived by:
The memorial arrangements for Lawrence O’Hern are as follows:
Message of Condolence
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Par-Troy Funeral Home. Notes of sympathy may be written to the family online here.
In lieu of flowers, donations to West Caldwell Fire Department or to the West Essex First Aid Squad would be greatly appreciated: